About Gerry

Dr. Gerry Bates

Dr. Gerry Bates

Professor Gerry Bates has been devising and teaching courses in environmental law for more than 35 years. He is the author of Environmental Law in Australia, the standard text on the subject; and the founder and Editor in Chief of the Australian Environmental and Planning Law Journal. Dr Bates was formerly a ‘stagiaire’ or trainee of the European Union; and an independent green member of parliament in Tasmania for more than 9 years, returning to the law in 1996. He now works independently as a specialist in environmental law and policy. Professor Bates was a member of the Board of the NSW Environment Protection Authority for more than 12 years between 1998 -2010; and a Director of Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises, a regional waste recovery centre and landfill site on Sydney’s Northern Beaches from 2005-2010. In 1994 he was honoured with the National Environmental Law Association’s special award for “Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Law”. In 2006 he was nominated for a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Australian National University; and a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. In 2015 he was honoured by the Law Council of Australia, Planning and Environment Group, for his contribution to the field of environmental law.